Pedestrian Council of Australia
Road Safety
Walk to Work Day
Friday 5 October 2018

Students put best foot forward and walk safely to school

SCHOOL zones are set to be inundated with traffic of a different kind nexi Friday, as children throughout thc region put their feet first to embody the message of active kids are healthy kids.

Celebrating its thirteenth yeat National Walk Safely to School Da~ has become a popular annual event ui school and family diaries across Australia to engage in modes of transporl which foster physical wellbeing.

Dunsborough, Busselton and Geographe Primary schools have all stepped forward to participate.

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said the day offered wide-ranging benefits through promoting regular walking, reduced car-dependency, cleaner air, improved diets, public transport and reinforcing vital road-crossing skills.

"Surveys reveal that over 60 per cent of primary school aged children are being driven to school," he said. "Many of these children are getting very little exercise. If the current trends continue, over 1 in 3 children will be overweight or obese by 2020." Dunsborough Primary School principal Gary Jones said it had grown into a "community event" over the past four years, with more than 200 people expected to be involved from grandparents to parents and children, culminating with a healthy breakfast organised by the Parents and Citizens Committee.

"We believe it’s essential that we promote a healthy and active lifestyle and this is one strategy," he said. "We try to do one a term and align with these promotions, and if there isn’t one we do our own." For the first time in 2012, people can find and plan their best walking route online at www.walk.com.au.

Troy Douglas

Caption Text:
Lachie Phillips, Angelique Finnie, Nash Mouritz, Layla Bower, Porsche Cox, Mitch Reid, Conner Packman and Ruby Mosen-Lowe gear up to walk to school on Friday. PICTURE: BECKY FELSTEAD
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